ERIC Number: ED296247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Nuclear War Age Barrier within the Nuclear Family.
McConnell, Stephen C.; And Others
This document notes that the literature addressing children's nuclear fears suggests that children are introduced to the nuclear threat by ways that do not provide dialogue and without regard to the age appropriate needs of the child, and that parents seem to be protecting their children from the horror of a holocaust by not talking about the threat, thereby creating a communication barrier between the generations. It presents material designed to encourage parents to discuss nuclear issues with their children. Ten myths about children's nuclear fears are listed. These myths include the following: (1) a child's fear of nuclear war is not normal; (2) children feel free to talk about what is bothering them; (3) children believe that nuclear war is preventable; (4) children know what their parents think about nuclear war; (5) children are aware that many people are working to prevent nuclear war; (6) American children are better informed than children in the Soviet Union; (7) children get most of their information from the schools; (8) children who worry about nuclear war must be worriers about everything; (9) children are too young to be so worried and afraid of nuclear war; and (10) nuclear fears are best handled by experts. The importance of the process of parents encouraging children to express their concerns and ventilate their fears is described. It is concluded that reducing children's fears is not a political issue, but rather a parental one which does not entail the necessity for a belief in either nuclear disarmament or proliferation. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).